Megan McKinley Thomas

Megan McKinley Thomas

Associate Director of Donor Relations and Engagement


N Street Village

Washington, D.C. USA


Have faith in the process. Trust your gut, your heart, your instincts. You know yourself the best and you know what you need.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up volunteering and says that she was raised to give back.
Attended Old Dominion University where she received her degree in women’s studies and creative writing.
After graduating, she took a job at a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C.—left after only a few months because she wasn’t making enough money.
After a brief stint working at Target, she decided she needed to go back to working in nonprofits.
She got a job working in fundraising and development for Washington Hospital Center Foundation.
This led to nearly a decade of working in state and national healthcare fundraising for organizations like Children’s National Medical Center and The ALS Association.
She has also worked for the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, which is a Women's Equality National Monument, and the Washington Animal Rescue League.
She is now the Associate Director of Donor Relations and Engagement for N Street Village, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Women's Studies
Old Dominion University
undergrad
Bachelor
Creative Writing
Old Dominion University
Career

Career

Associate Director of Donor Relations and Engagement

I am in charge of all donor relations for an organization empowering homeless and low-income women.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Business
Business
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

My day is typically spent managing relationships with our donors and keeping them engaged in what we are doing at N Street Village to make them aware of where their money is going and how it is helping the community. It's a lot of emails, phone calls, and meetings. Our communications manager reports to me, so I help her organize and strategize a lot of our outreach and marketing targeted towards securing new donors. I also help organize our year-end fundraiser where we raise $1 million.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Be passionate about service and giving back to others. Learn about trauma-informed care. Compassion and understanding are very important. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Trust your instincts and follow your gut. Do the homework and do your due diligence, but don't be afraid to take leaps of faith. You know deep down what's right for you.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Ok, let's be realistic...nonprofit work isn't going to sustain you. What are you going to do with a women's studies major?"

My mom has always been supportive of me and my goals my whole life. When I was a teenager, she tried to get me to think more realistically about my future and was sort of worried about what working for nonprofits or in public service would mean for me. I eventually had to face the realities of working in this industry. Sometimes it is low pay for really hard work, but it's what I love so I accept it.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Living in Washington, D.C. is expensive and working in this industry it doesn't always pay the best. I'm fine now, but starting out was really challenging.

Physical Issues
Physical Issues

I originally attended Sweet Briar College but had to drop out after only a year because I got really sick.

School Stress
School Stress

After dropping out to recover from my illness, I felt defeated. I started taking classes again at ODU just to get my foot in the door. I decided to push through my illness and recovery in order to finish my degree, which wasn't easy.

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